Shaw Chair - 2004
size 30" wide, 36" deep, 40" high
Materials:  cherry, cherry burls, apple, birch back,
full grain leather, hand tied springs, goose down

 The size and general shape of this chair is similar to the Stickley morris chair while the burled legs and naturally shaped arms draw inspiration from the classic Molesworth chair designs.

     The legs were sliced with a chain saw. Next a drawknife was used to further refine the shape and finally a horizontal drum sander for the final smoothing. All of the joinery is hand cut , chiseled and wedged mortise and tenon. Chiseling a 2" x 3/4" mortise through a 6" diameter cherry burl can sometimes take over 2 hours per mortise, and this chair  has 14 of them . The rails have the natural edge on the bottom side with the front assitionally decorated with inlayed birch bark diamonds.

  Special thanks to Scott and Byron at Upper Jay Upholstery for their expertise and patience.  

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